Weeping-tile Removal Assistance Program


What is Weeping-tile?

Weeping-tile is also known as foundation drain. Weeping-tile drains the water that runs along the foundation and basement walls of your home and is located adjacent or below the foundation. Weeping-tile is primarily found on homes constructed since 1946 and on some homes prior. Weeping-tile connection to the sanitary sewer was an accepted practice up until 1989.

Weeping-Tile Removal Assistance Program (WRAP)

The City of Niagara Falls is committed to the implementation of a Weeping-tile Removal Assistance Program (WRAP). The purpose of the WRAP program is to disconnect weeping-tile from the sanitary sewer.

The goal of the WRAP program is to:

  • Reduce basement flooding
  • Reduce sewage over-flows into the natural environment
  • Reduce sewage treatment costs
  • Increase public awareness
  • Provide financial incentives to homeowners who disconnect their weeping-tile

WRAP Funding Available 

ProgramProgram ComponentsFunding Conditions
Weeping-tile Disconnection
  • Weeping-tile Investigation
  • Disconnection of the Weeping-tile
  • Sump Pump and Backup
  • Labour, materials,(including restoration), permit & taxes.
  • Full 100% reimbursement to a maximum of $4,000.00 (including HST)
Backwater ValveWeeping-tile Investigation, Purchase & installation of suitably sized Mainline Fullport Backwater Valve (with clear cover); to prevent sewage flows from backing up into the basement.Full 100% reimbursement to a maximum of $1,200.00 (including HST)


If you choose to download and print your application, use the Downloadable Application link.  Then, mail or fax your completed application to:

City of Niagara Falls
Engineering Department
4310 Queen Street
Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 6X5

Email:  [email protected] 
Fax: 289-296-0048

If you need more information on the WRAP program please call 905-356-7521 ext. 4211 or 4212.

Weeping-tile (Foundation Drains) By-Law

By-law No. 2010-61 prohibits the connection of weeping-tile (or foundation drains), to the sanitary or combined sewer system.